It’s been a long time since we’ve posted one of these — it just hasn’t seemed particularly vital in these post-contention days. But today, Tim Wakefield takes the mound trying to stave off those pesky Blue Jays and manintain the Sox’ position in second place.
Some fans may tell you they don’t care — to quote Ricky Bobby’s father: "If you’re not first, you’re last," or somesuch nonsense. Well, I care. A bunch of pundits this preseason picked the Sox to finish third. They undervalued the Sox’ new infield and questioned the health of Curt Schilling. They were 100 percent wrong about their reasons, yet here the Sox are, thanks to a horrific run no one could have foreseen, fighting for second, just a half-game ahead of Toronto. These pundits cannot be given the chance to say, "See I told you so." The Red Sox, at least for my pride, must finish in second.
So for the first time in a while, here’s a game that means something, even if that something is really not all that much.